President hopes EU-Ukraine Association Agreement will be signed this year
"I hope that the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union will be signed this year, when everything necessary has been done for this," President Victor Yanukovych said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda in Ukraine newspaper published on Friday.
"The key goal of our foreign policy is to hold the OSCE chairmanship successfully and worthily. It is also necessary to adapt our legislation to the rules of the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union that do not contradict Ukraine's international obligations," Yanukovych said. Answering a question whether the Constitution would be amended through a national referendum or through a vote in parliament, he said: "Any amendments to the Constitution must be made exclusively by the lawmakers. It is also their prerogative to call a national referendum on certain amendments. At present, the Constitutional Assembly is actively working at a concept of constitutional changes in close cooperation with the Venice Commission. The Constitutional Assembly is composed of authoritative experts and representatives of civil society, local self-governments, and political forces, including the opposition. I am sure that their open and meaningful discussions and highly professional work will yield a high quality result," the President said. He further praised the National Bank's consistent efforts for maintaining the stability of the national currency. He spoke for protecting Ukrainian as the official language in the country, saying, "We need to build a country where everyone can feel free to speak their own language, but the Ukrainian language should evolve and be protected." He said that instead of speculating on the language issue and fanning confrontation, politicians should attend to pressing problems of the country and its citizens.